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Tim Anderson headlined a tough night for the Chicago White Sox A seventh-inning ejection He appeared to punch the umpire after contesting a strike call.

Andersen and manager Tony La Russa got into a heated argument Friday night in a 7-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics after a strike call appeared to be high.

Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson (7) is ejected from the game after making contact with umpire Nick Maherly (48) during the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics on July 29, 2022 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.

Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson (7) is ejected from the game after making contact with umpire Nick Maherly (48) during the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics on July 29, 2022 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.
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Anderson told home plate umpire Nick Maherly how he felt, prompting the ejection. But what follows may result in a longer suspension Major League Baseball.

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“I don’t think Tim cursed him or anything,” La Russa explained after the game. “If you don’t let a player be emotional, (and) you have a lot of robots here, it’s not going to be entertaining.

Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson is tossed from the game after apparent contact with umpire Nick Maherly (48) during the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field, July 29, 2022, in Chicago.

Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson is tossed from the game after apparent contact with umpire Nick Maherly (48) during the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field, July 29, 2022, in Chicago.
(Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

“That at-bat, I thought the pitches were questionable. He was upset,” he continued. “I think you’ve got to blitz the players until they cross a line. And that thing escalated before Tim did anything. He fired. That’s the way he plays. You’ve got to play that way.”

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Maharli seemed so moved Anderson introduced with him during the verbal altercation, but La Russa saw it differently.

Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox is ejected from the game after making contact with umpire Nick Maherly (48) during the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 29, 2022.

Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox is ejected from the game after making contact with umpire Nick Maherly (48) during the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 29, 2022.
(Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

“I know I saw the umpire go a little too far, they’re taught not to do that,” La Russa said. “I don’t see any contact I know.”

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Trailing 5-3 at the time, Chicago allowed two more runs and fell below .500 (49-50) for its second straight loss.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.